fend off

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fend off

1. To fight off someone or something that is advancing. A noun or pronoun can be used between "fend" and "off." What is the best way to fend off an attacker? Her bodyguards tried to fend off all the photographers, but there were too many.
2. To try to prevent something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "fend" and "off." Getting a flu shot will help you to fend off future illness.
See also: fend, off

fend someone or something off

to hold someone or something off; to fight someone or something off. We knew we could fend them off only a little while longer. They could not fend off the attackers.
See also: fend, off

fend off

v.
1. To try to prevent something; avert something: To fend off cavities, brush your teeth regularly.
2. To turn something aside; repel something: The troops fended the enemy off. My neighbor fended off the reporters who blocked her driveway.
See also: fend, off
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According to witnesses, the clashes erupted after Israeli settlers from nearby Braha settlement accompanied by a military escort assaulted homes in the village, before local villagers attempted to fend them off.
Jets refuelled for the last period of play and put up a valiant comeback to close the gap, but the Mavericks were able to fend them off and held on to a three-goal lead.
ARSENAL are bracing themselves for an FA approach for Arsene Wenger - but are ready to fend them off with a new contract.
I managed to fend them off with walking sticks but it was terrifying.
The Ivorians did put some pressure late in the game but Colombia was able to fend them off to win the match.
He tried to fend them off and shouted for help and some neighbours ran out to chase away the sheep.
So it's not easy to fend them off when in this current political climate I'm asked what sort of guns they should buy for home defense.
Cops arrested Fairbairn, 57, once Britain's biggest ecstasy drug baron, on suspicion of drink-driving and then resisting arrest after he allegedly tried to fend them off.
MOGADISHU, Somalia (TAP)-Two suicide bombers trying to storm a popular Western-style restaurant in the Somali capital on Saturday detonated their explosive vests at the entrance, killing the security guard who tried to fend them off and wounding several others.
The Hall drew 6-4 in their away date on May 12 when Williams 54 and Alex Smith 45 put them in a commanding position only for Rainhill to fend them off as new pro Ali Mudassir grabbed 4-42 and James Hurlin 3-30.
They forced their way in and it is believed the man was shot in both legs as he tried to fend them off.
She said: "We just had to stand and wait to fend them off.
I'm glad it didn't go to extra time but we managed to fend them off.
Women are most frequently the key targets of serial killers, as they look for victims who will find it hard to fend them off and fight back.
To fend them off, he transforms himself into Paperboy, an African American superhero who punishes with paper objects and wicked paper cuts.